Korea Medical Tourism Convention in Abu Dhabi eyes Middle East patients

Published on : Tuesday, November 15, 2016

korea-medical-tourism-conventionThe Korea Medical Tourism Convention, a medical tourism exhibition, was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi on November 10 and November 11.


Aimed at attracting Middle East patients in need of advanced treatment, the medical convention was organised by Korea National Tourism Organization, the state-run tourism organization, in cooperation with the Financial News, a leading South Korean newspaper company.


With the Middle East region having expressed preference in seeking medical treatments in South Korea, the event promoted attractive and reasonable medical & travel combo packages for patients in the Middle East.


The Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) Annual Report 2015 has revealed that a total of 6,101 patients from the region visited South Korea in 2015, which reflects an 11.2 per cent increase from the previous year. Out of the 6,101 patients, 2,946 came from the UAE, 1,215 from Saudi Arabia and 411 coming from nearby Egypt.


“We are optimistic that this event will play a significant role in raising more awareness on the many benefits and advantages to be gained by patients wanting to visit South Korea for medical purposes,” said Byung Jeon Kwon, Executive Director of K-Tourism Products Department at Korea National Tourism Organization.


The event, which attracted 16 Korean health establishments, government departments and medical agencies, was titled ‘Care by Heart, Visit Medical Korea!’


Korea offers a blend of high-quality care with high-tech techniques and procedures at prices far less than its counterparts in Europe, Japan and the United States (US). The country has become one of the leaders in organ transplants and cancer treatments throughout the world due to its superior techniques in curing severe conditions such as brain disease, cardiac disorders and cancer.

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